Bauer/Bocciardo Memorial, 1902-1904

Leonardo Bistolfi was a sculptor, painter and writer, and the leading Symbolist and Liberty Style (Italian Art Nouveau) sculptor in Italy. Restored in 2014.

  • Famiglia Bocciardo Memorial, 1902-1904

    Famiglia Bocciardo Memorial, 1902-1904

    This masterpiece was at risk from neglect and environmental causes.
  • Second biocide treatment

    Second biocide treatment

    After the second treatment with a biocide, which kills the bacterial growth, moss and mildew.
  • Restored Bocciardo Memorial

    Restored Bocciardo Memorial

    We successfully restored this masterpiece by Leonardo Bistolfi, revealing once again the haunting beauty of his intimate work.
  • Leonardo Bistolfi Symbolist sculpture

    Leonardo Bistolfi Symbolist sculpture

    A masterwork of Italian Symbolist Art Nouveau sculpture, this piece was threatened by pollution and biological growth, causing surface deterioration.
  • Restored Bocciardo Memorial

    Restored Bocciardo Memorial

    The sculture has been restored, and the thick overgrowth of plants trimmed back so it won’t be covered again in dead leaves, branches and tree sap.
  • Detail of the restored sculpture

    Detail of the restored sculpture

    The delicacy of the carving was revealed after cleaning and restoration.
  • Marble feet before restoration

    Marble feet before restoration

    Before restoration the sculpture was coated with dirt, oil, bacteria, moss and mildew.
  • Marble feet after restoration

    Marble feet after restoration

    After restoration the beauty of the marble carving has returned and will endure for decades to come.
  • The restored sculpture

    The restored sculpture

    The Bocciardo memorial by Leonardo Bistolfi after completion of restoration

He is represented in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, and at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin. The Gipsoteca “Leonardo Bistolfi” in Casale Monferrato, Italy has more than 170 of his works on display.

Hermann Bauer, was born in Genoa to a Swiss family, was in the coal business and was a noted soccer player and a founder of the Italian Federation of Football. His son in law, Signore Bocciardo, was in the leather business. He studied in the U.K. and brought many modern innovations and machinery to Genoa for the first time, introducing the English industrial methods.

This tomb, called The Resurrection, was dedicated to Bauer’s daughter, Bocciardo’s wife, Elena Bauer. It is a pivotal early example of the new Art Nouveau aesthetic of funeral art, of which Bistolfi was the leading proponent. The plaster model for this work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1905.

Thanks to our sponsorship, this sculpture has received careful cleaning to protect the marble from deterioration caused by the attack of pollution and organic growths.

The restoration was carried out by Eleonora Gioventù, Restauratrice di Beni Culturali, Sestri Levante, Italy.

Before restoration
Sculpture shown prior to restoration